President Jonathan Goodluck Breaks Down At Dana Crash Site, Promises “There Would Never Be A Recurrence”

There would never be a recurrence of Sunday’s heartbreaking air disaster involving Dana Airline’s McDonnell Douglas MD-83 that killed a total of 153 travellers after crashing into buildings in Iju Ishaga, Lagos on Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan has promised.


“We have been working very hard to improve the aviation in this country,” a tearful Jonathan told journalists at the scene, accompanied by governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, assistant inspector general of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; minister of transport, Alhaji Idris Umar, and other top government functionaries. “ This particular incident is a major setback for us …. By the end of the day, I will make sure that this will not repeat itself in the country.”


Meanwhile, the National Universities Commission has been gripped by a mournful mood following the death of five top management staff, two women and three men, who were involved in the crash.


Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, confirmed that all five, Mallam Mohammed Dukwa, Arch. Chinwe Obi, Prof. Celetine O. E. Onwuliri, Mr. Sonny A. Ettioghas and Mrs. M. A. Shu’Aibu were on official assignment to Lagos.


A sobbing minister of education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai described their demise as a great loss to the Commission and the entire country.


“Losing energetic, educated and highly committed individuals in active service is sad. We will continue to pray for them and the entire people who lost their lives in this unfortunate air crash,” she wrote in the Commission’s official condolence register. “We pray that their families would bear the loss, And we will do the best we can to encourage and support them. And we pray for Nigeria as a nation that this tragedy never happen again.”


In a related development, Russia has joined other countries in commiserating with Nigeria on the tragedy. “Dear Mr. President, I would like to express my sincere sympathy in connection with the severe tragedy ….” a transcribed statement of President Vladimir Putin’s message, issued by the Russian Embassy in Nigeria, consoled.


“While sharing your grief over numerous victims, I would be grateful to you for conveying condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes for the soonest recovery to the injured.”


The Will Nigeri


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